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Ravens ready for frigid weather in New England

1/8/2015

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- A chilly reception awaits the Baltimore Ravens in New England, where they will play a AFC divisional playoff game Saturday.

Temperatures are dropping in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and it's expected to be in the teens when the teams kick off at 4:35 p.m. ET. The forecast for Saturday calls for a low temperature of 10 degrees with zero percent chance of precipitation.

The Ravens didn't practice outdoors all week because of frozen, snow-covered fields. The team did open all the doors to its indoor facility, where the temperature dropped to roughly 30 degrees.

"It's better to practice in the temperatures if you can," coach John Harbaugh said.

The Patriots practiced outside all week even though it was so cold that some Massachusetts schools closed Thursday.

“We’re playing outside, we’re practicing outside,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

Asked if the Ravens have done enough to acclimate themselves to the New England weather, Harbaugh said, "The situation is what it is. It's not worth even contemplating. We don't have a turf field [outside] here."

The Ravens haven't played in a game below 38 degrees this season. Their wild-card game in Pittsburgh last Saturday was 48 degrees, which is almost balmy for this time of year in western Pennsylvania.

This game in New England could become the Ravens' coldest game for the Ravens since their 2012 playoff game at Denver. The Mile High Miracle occurred when it was 13 degrees and featured a wind chill of minus-1.

"It’s got to be negative temps to get to players," tight end Owen Daniels said. "The ball will be a little harder; it will probably be a little more slick since it will be dry. There’s little issues that you have to adjust to each week, but I think we’ll be all focused on what’s going on and not worried about the cold too much."

All of the Ravens interviewed Thursday said they're not planning to wear long sleeves for Saturday's frigid weather.

"It's a mindset," linebacker Daryl Smith said.